Tortuguero National Park "Mini amazon"

Trip Start Feb 10, 2009
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Trip End Apr 06, 2009


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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Limon,
Sunday, March 29, 2009

Today we traveled to Tortuguero National Park on the northern Caribbean coast.  Its impossible to drive here so once we arrived in Limon we hopped into a motorized canoe through the jigsaw of canals deep into the national park.  With Willis our, guide/captain/host pointing out wildlife en route.  The canals and surrounding banks were similar to how I would imagine the amazon to be, with lots of greenery, different palms and bamboo and howler monkeys growling in the distance.  The lonely planet even describe it as a mini amazon.

It was 3.30pm by the time we finally arrived at Willis lodge.  All Rankings lodge is on a strip of land between the ocean and the river with little huts on stilts and a nice dining area with hammocks overhanging the water and where I spent the rest of the afternoon snoozing whilst listening to the water lapping beneath me and hearing the roar of the sea a little further away.

Going down to the beach I was a little surprised to see an airstrip which I had to walk across to get to the black sand the other side.  (It turns out that it is in use with 2 flights coming in a day from San Jose).  The sea was quite ferocious with a raging riptide and sharks so not one that I will be swimming in and the river I was also not advised to get into because of the Crocs and the current.  I'll have to wait until Cahuita to be back in the water again.

That evening after a delicious Creole meal we headed down to the beach to try and spot nesting turtles.  We didn't have any luck so resorted to lying on the runway, to avoid the bugs and the damp sand whilst watching the shooting stars over head, and keeping a watchful eye on any white flashing light that look like they were descending our way.  It was rather random but the stars were amazingly bright and worth staying out for.
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